Monument

The former political prisoners, members of “K-231 in exile”, wished to build a monument to honour the victims of the criminal communist regime not only in former Czechoslovakia but also for the millions that perished or suffered throughout the world.  It was decided that a monument would be built at Masaryktown “on free Czechoslovak land”. It also symbolizes a sacred tombstone that was withheld from the victims.

The Masaryk Memorial Institute took patronage of the monument and donated a piece of Masaryktown property to the project. The chosen piece was discovered by the famous dissident, poet and singer Karel Kryl during his Canadian tour in a Winnipeg studio of sculptor Josef Randa. The statue “Crucified Again” shows the body of a tortured man crucified on a sickle and a hammer, a symbol of the Soviet oppression. The monument was unveiled on Czechoslovak Day on July 2nd, 1989.

Czechs and Slovaks in exile from around the world donated $ 32,000 towards the creation and transportation of the statue and the preparation of the site. The monument stands at prominent place in the park and is the destination of all visiting dignitaries and a multitude of private citizens.

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